NHL Lockout 2012: NBA’s Salvaged Season Gives Hockey Fans Hope

September 29th, 2012 by Patrick Clarke Leave a reply »
The NHL would be wise to take a page out of the NBA's book this fall.

There's hope that it will. 

The success of the 2011-12 NBA season gives hockey fans hope that their favorite superstars will return to the ice this winter. 

Similar to the NBA a year ago, by far the biggest issue keeping both sides from agreeing on a new NHL collective bargaining agreement is the sharing of hockey-related revenues. According to ESPN.com, via The Associated Press, "Players received 57 percent of the net hockey-related revenues in the previous collective bargaining agreement, and owners want to bring that number down under 50 percent."

If you remember back to last fall, the NBA was in a very similar situation in terms of revenue sharing. The owners wanted more and the players wanted the same. Although the lockout went nearly a month into the regular season before it ended, the league managed to salvage a 66-game season that ultimately led to one of the most exciting postseasons in the Association's history.

Though, looking back now, last year's NBA lockout seems irrelevant and harmless. There were plenty of times when basketball fans ...

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